Causes of Rear-end Car Accidents
Rear-end car accidents are probably the most common type of car accident in Florida. Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys handle these cases on a daily basis. Our Miami Car Accident Lawyers can help you to learn what to do after a car accident.
Jonah Wolfson, the firm’s managing attorney, is a bilingual personal injury in Miami. As soon as you call, Jonah and his personal injury team at the Wolfson Law Firm are ready to help you. Just call us at (305) 285-1115 for your free consultation.Rear-end Car Accidents – Common Causes
Over the last 55 years, the rear-end car accident lawyers at the Wolfson Law Firm in Miami have investigated numerous rear-end car accidents. We have represented personal injury clients throughout Miami and Florida including Little Havana, Miami Beach, Doral, Brickell and Kendall. Based on our years of handling cases like this here are some of the most common causes of rear-end car crashes:
Drunk Driving – Drivers who are intoxicated or under the influence of other substances such as marijuana or prescription drugs such as Xanax, Oxycodone, or other pain killers are by definition – distracted to say the least. The driver’s reactions and driving skills are impaired. Some impaired drivers even pass out. Our Miami Personal Injury Attorneys and Wrongful Death Lawyers in Miami have seen firsthand the devastation that can result from Drunk Driving Accidents in Miami.
Weather – In Miami and throughout Florida the weather can change suddenly from one minute to the next. Inexperienced drivers, impaired drivers, or diminished ability drivers tend not to handle suddenly changing weather. As a result, they cause rear-end crashes when they cannot stop in time or slide into vehicles that are legally and lawfully stopped.
Tailgaters – There was an old joke in Miami about traffic. “I would have arrived sooner but the car in front of me had a bike rack”. Sometimes on Le Jeune Road, the Palmetto or I-95 it would seem the tailgating is a sport. But it is illegal in any language. The reason it is illegal because of the harm that can result when someone does not follow the safety rules that keep us all safe.
Distracted Drivers – Now more than ever in the history of driving, drivers are distracted. They talk, listen, text, watch videos, “Snapchat”, eating, drinking and everything else except driving. It makes many of us hope the day of driverless vehicles arrive in our lifetime.
Kids, Dogs and Joggers – Children learn, sometimes the hard way, that they need to look out for cars. But since the beginning of time, kids will run into streets without looking. Same for our pets. Now we see joggers and pedestrians wandering around with headphones. If any one of these wanders into a road, a rear-end collision can easily occur.
Defects in the Road and Construction Work Sites – Highway construction in Florida is an ongoing process. Cement trucks enter and leave our highways with little or no warning. Sometimes barricades or cones are improperly placed. Flag-waiving workers can appear out of nowhere. Road construction improperly marked or completed can cause rear-end collisions as drivers react to sudden changes of road and street conditions.
Police – We generally think of the police responding to rear-end collisions. But the police can cause rear-end accidents as well. Most driver’s first reaction upon seeing a police officer is to apply the brakes. Even if they aren’t doing anything wrong. This reaction is common especially if there is a radar gun being aimed at the driver. As a result, the first vehicle rapidly decelerates and the next vehicle can rear-end the first vehicle resulting in personal injuries. One thing for certain is that the police will never accept any responsibility for causing a rear-end collision in these circumstances.
Highway accidents – Many people get injured in secondary rear-end collisions. What that means is there is one accident on the highway and other vehicles coming up on the accident scene don’t have enough time to safely stop. Sometimes there will be over ten cars involved in 3-4 different impacts. Figuring out who is responsible is such accidents will require your Miami Car Accident Lawyer to take statements of all involved and often hire accident reconstruction experts to help determine what happened and who should be held accountable. Even if you rear-end another car, you may not be responsible and you might be able to make a claim for your personal injuries. But you will need to discuss the facts of your accident with a Miami Car Accident Attorney to figure it all out.
Rear-end collisions happen for a variety of reasons. One of the most common causes of rear-end accidents is the failure of drivers to pay attention to. Texting, talking on the phone, switching the radio station, or chatting with passengers in the car can diver a driver's attention from the road. Even if they've only looked away for a few seconds, a distracted driver can easily hit the car in that is in front of them if they aren't paying attention. Drivers who follow too closely may run into the vehicle that is in front of them if they stop suddenly. A car may be unable to stop if heavy rains make the roads slippery. Fog can limit visibility, making it hard to see the brake lights of the vehicle in front. Finally, an intoxicated may rear-end the car in front of them if they are speeding and unable to stop because their reflexes are slower or vision impaired.
When multiple cars rear-end one after another, this is known as a chain reaction accident. Determining fault can be tricky. If the driver at the end of the series is unable to stop, they might hit the car directly in front of them. This force can push that car into the rear of the vehicle that they are behind. While it may seem like a cut and dry case that the last driver caused the accident, assigning responsibility is not always straightforward. In some cases, multiple drivers may share fault. Drivers that have been hit from behind might share the blame if they were too close to the car in front of them. If you were injured in a chain-reaction car accident, you should discuss the circumstances of your case with a personal injury lawyer.
Some of the most common injuries in a rear-end car accident involve the head, neck, or back. The sudden jerk when a car has hit your backend may result in your head and neck moving back and forth quickly and violently. This rapid movement may result in whiplash, which is the tearing of soft tissues around your neck. Whiplash is a painful, but common, injury. Your back may become compressed during the accident, which can lead to damage to your discs and pain in your lower back. Concussions and tears in brain tissue may result if you hit your head or if it jerked back and forth suddenly. Other common injuries include broken or sprained wrists, lacerations from seatbelts, and head, chest, or facial injuries if the airbags deployed.
Rear-end car crashes can cause extensive injuries that exceed the basic PIP coverage that you carry. Medical treatment and recovery from rear-end damages can be expensive. To ensure that you receive the best settlement as possible, you should find the best rear-end car accident attorney in Miami. When selecting an attorney to fight for your rights, you need to find one that specializes in personal injury law and regularly works with cases like yours. Find out what their qualifications are and how long they've been practicing in this area. Be sure to take the time to ask about what you can expect throughout the process with your case. If you are more comfortable speaking with the attorney rather than their staff, ask how they handle client communications. Taking the time to learn about the attorney that you may hire can give you greater comfort throughout the process.
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